Interesting read on NY Times: Why Women Aren't CEO's From Women Who Were Almost There.
These are stories from more than 2 dozen women who made it to the 2nd highest position.
There is male bias keeping women down, and stereotyping. Women are not as aggressive in self-promoting and playing the C-suite 'games.
What they say: Women are often seen as dependable, less often as visionary. Women tend to be less comfortable with self-promotion — and more likely to be criticized when they do grab the spotlight. Men remain threatened by assertive women. Most women are not socialized to be unapologetically competitive. Some women get discouraged and drop out along the way. And many are disproportionately penalized for stumbles.
What shocked me was that "data predicts that half or more of the women who earn an M.B.A. this year will drop out of the full-time work force within a decade. The reasons range from family conflicts to placing less inherent value on position or money. "
We talk about equality, but it doesn't exist for women or minorities in North America. It's too bad there aren't more women CEO's. Society is missing out on the leadership skills of more 51% of the world's population.
Combine ethics and sales to make long term money and success.
Zero sum business deals will cut your career short. Think long term and put together deals where you build long term relationships where everyone profits.
As leaders, we all need to know how to do a delicate dance at times.
We need to be aware of our audience.
Why the US President would even make such a comment to begin with is remarkable.
I was unaware that Google was being sued by the US Department of Labor (DoL) for systematic discrimination against women.
Google was asked to provide a snapshot of its salary information from 2014. Google refused saying the request was onerous. Gathering the information would cost over $100,000 and 500 hours to compile. The DoL scoffed at the defense, saying that Google has a $150M 'diversity' fund, $28B in income and has some pretty good hi-tech systems.
For reference, Googles's investment in it's diversity efforts is 0.54% of revenues ($150M / $28B). The cost to gather the information is infinitesimal ($100k / $28B, or even $100k / $150M is 0.067% of the diversity budget). A very small amount for a company to pay to see if the goals are being met.
Just after my recent post on action being key to success, where I mentioned my lack of perspiration to develop the 'Find Me' app, the New York Times comes out with an article on 'When You Should (and Shouldn't Share Your Location Using a Smartphone".
There are tons more apps out there that do the same thing.
Missed my opportunity. I should have developed that app. Regrets...
Success can be learned.
Look at IBM, a solid recovery after almost tanking in the 1980's.
Look at Apple, they have success built into their DNA. They design the future today, so they will be relevant tomorrow.
Sometimes additional knowledge will take you to the next level in your career. Like the information in Level 4 Leadership courses.
If your new venture is stalled, you need to set a big goal to get it back on track.
When do you pull the plug on a business that was going good, but no longer pulls in the revenue it used to?
It depends on many factors.
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